Are you a

breastfeeding mother

taking a medication?

Scroll down to learn

how you can help!

We are looking for breastfeeding mothers to collect breast milk samples. We study your breast milk samples to update the current medication safety information for future breastfeeding mothers.

How can you help us, and

what does your participation mean to us?

 

Take a look at this animation to find out!

What Is DLAC?

Drugs in Lactation Analysis Consortium (DLAC) is a team of researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children         in Toronto. We explore medication safety during breastfeeding and aim to update the current medication safety information for future breastfeeding mothers, who may have concerns about medication use.

 

We study, measure and analyze levels of various medications in breast milk samples that we obtain from our participants. (To find out what medications we study, please see the “Who Can Participate?” section.) Overall, we hope to generate information that enables health professionals to make better-informed prescription decisions for future breastfeeding mothers.

The Hospital for Sick Children

Who Can Participate?

Breastfeeding mother

18 years or older

Taking one or more of the medications:

Fluent in English

anti-inflammation

anti-depressants

anti-cholesterol

you can still help by sharing with others:

If this does not apply to you,

What Do I Need To Do?

Participation is simple.

There are 5 steps you need to follow.

I am taking ____.

Can I  participate?

Contact DLAC

Let's find out if your medication is what DLAC is studying.

Participate at your home

If you are qualified for the study, the kit will be delivered to your home at a convenient time for you.

The participation kit contains:

Milk sample containers

How many containers you receive will depend on your medications

3 forms to fill out

Consent form

Questionnaire (20 min. to complete)

Breast milk collection record

Pump your breast milk

Pump your breast milk anytime at your convenience. There is no strict schedule that you need to follow.

Just record three things for us:

Medication name

Dosing intervals

Breast milk collection dates & time

Contact DLAC

Ready for pick-up

in this afternoon!

After collecting all the milk samples, please contact DLAC to arrange a pick-up time at your house.

Ready to go!

Thank you for your help!

You will receive a gift card in appreciation. Your participation is valuable to us, future health care professionals and breastfeeding mothers.

FAQs

  • 1. How would my milk sample results help?

    The study results will help update the current information on drug safety and guide physicians and breastfeeding mothers in making well-informed decision on taking medications in future.

  • 2. How does DLAC use my milk samples?

    DLAC researchers measure drug levels in your breast milk samples by using special techniques to catch even very small amount of drug in breast milk. Through future analysis, we study how different drug levels are in breast milk samples among participants based on types of medications and physical characteristics, such as age, weight, body functions and many other variables. This data will be combined using a computer program to create a model that can predict drug levels for each individual. Ultimately, physicians and scientists can use this information to make informed prescription decisions for future breastfeeding mothers.

  • 3. Are there any potential harms?

    There may be minor discomfort associated with milk sampling, which will vary on the individual.

  • 4. How would my milk sample results help?

    It is your choice to donate a small blood sample (one teaspoon = 5ml) from you and/or your child. Blood samples will provide us with additional relevant information for our study. If you choose to visit The Hospital for Sick Children for blood sampling, transportation or parking expenses for traveling to the hospital will be covered by us.

     

    Potential harms associated with blood sampling are slight discomfort, bruising or redness that will usually disappear within a few days. For many participants, applying pressure with a cotton ball immediately after blood donation can help prevent any bruising or redness.

  • 5. Is my personal information safe?

    We respect your and your child's privacy. We strictly follow the federal and provincial regulations to protect your information. Without your permission, your personal information will not be shared. You will find the detailed information in the study consent form. Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns.

DLAC Researchers

Dr. Shinya Ito

MD, FRCPC

Principal investigator

Dr. David Colantonio

PhD, DABCC, FCACB

Co-investigator

Sarah Delaney

M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Sholeh Ghayoori

CCRP

Research coordinator

Contact us

if you would like to participate or have questions!

Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

The Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue

Toronto, ON M5G 1X8

416.813.7654  ext. 205675

dlac.project@sickkids.ca

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  • 1. How would my milk sample results help?

    The study results will help update the current information on drug safety and guide physicians and breastfeeding mothers in making well-informed decision on taking medications in future.

  • 2. How does DLAC use my milk samples?

    DLAC researchers measure drug levels in your breast milk samples by using special techniques to catch even very small amount of drug in breast milk. Through future analysis, we study how different drug levels are in breast milk samples among participants based on types of medications and physical characteristics, such as age, weight, body functions and many other variables. This data will be combined using a computer program to create a model that can predict drug levels for each individual. Ultimately, physicians and scientists can use this information to make informed prescription decisions for future breastfeeding mothers.

  • 3. Are there any potential harms?

    There may be minor discomfort associated with milk sampling, which will vary on the individual.

  • 4. Is there any blood work involved in the study?

    It is your choice to donate a small blood sample (one teaspoon = 5ml) from you and/or your child. Blood samples will provide us with additional relevant information for our study. If you choose to visit The Hospital for Sick Children for blood sampling, transportation or parking expenses for traveling to the hospital will be covered by us.

     

    Potential harms associated with blood sampling are slight discomfort, bruising or redness that will usually disappear within a few days. For many participants, applying pressure with a cotton ball immediately after blood donation can help prevent any bruising or redness.

  • 5. Is my personal information safe?

    We respect your and your child's privacy. We strictly follow the federal and provincial regulations to protect your information. Without your permission, your personal information will not be shared. You will find the detailed information in the study consent form. Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns.